We would like to hike the Cotswolds in mid-October and would like suggestions as to how to go about it.....tour packages, on your own, time of year, transporting luggage, mini hikes vs the whole stretch. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, Judy
We were there the first week of September. We had a car which I think is the best way to see that area. You can find your own little gems just by driving around.
We just did short hikes, around 2-3 miles at a time. There are footpaths everywhere so it isn't hard to find a trail. I think the RS England book has a section on hikes. You could go to a tourist info center and get the maps that you would need for hiking.
There is a neat little book called Tea Shop Walks in The Cotswolds. Short walks around different villages. If you can get ahold of a copy. On Amazon, even used, it's a bit pricey, but maybe your library can get it for you.
For shorter trails, have a look at:
The Cotswold way is the biggie - over 100 miles. Several companies offer various services - you can have a look at this page for accommodation options etc... http://www.walkingenglishman.com/ldp/cotswoldway.htm
I did a 4 day hiking/walking trip in the Cotswolds with HF Holidays - a good UK company.
We stayed in a manor house in Burton on the Water and hiked in a small group in a different direction each day. They have 3 - 4 and 7 day trips. All inclusive.